Boxscore
Southern California 31, Notre Dame 17
Saturday, October 22, 2011 7:30 PM
Location - Notre Dame Stadium
Attendance - 80795

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Southern California 14 3 7 7 31
Notre Dame 0 10 0 7 17

Recap


Matt Barkley passed for three touchdowns and USC capitalized on three Notre Dame turnovers, cruising to a 31-17 victory Saturday in the first night game at Notre Dame Stadium since 1990.
 
Barkley, who sat out last year's meeting with an injury while the Fighting Irish snapped an eight-year losing streak against the Trojans, threw short scoring passes to Randall Telfer and Robert Woods on his team's first two possessions to help build an early 17-0 cushion. He finished the night with 224 yards passing, and USC used an effective ground game (219 yards) to keep the ball away from Notre Dame's explosive but erratic offense.
 
The Fighting Irish (4-3) twice rallied to within seven points but crippled their comeback hopes with three second-half turnovers. Backup quarterback Dayne Crist fumbled a third-down snap late in the third quarter, and Jawanza Starling picked up the loose ball and dashed 80 yards for a touchdown to put the Trojans (6-1) back in control. A fumbled lateral by Cierre Wood with 8:46 remaining in the final period set up another USC score, and Nickell Robey intercepted a Tommy Rees pass with 6:43 left.
 
Curtis McNeal rushed for a career-best 118 yards on 24 carries to lead the Trojans, who finished the game with significant edges in time of possession (39:41 to 20:19) and total offense (443 to 267). Notre Dame was held to 41 yards rushing, with 25 of those coming on a fourth-quarter touchdown by Jonas Gray.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 6:16
Southern California   TD  Notre Dame 0 - Southern California 7
1st Quarter - 1:01
Southern California   TD  Notre Dame 0 - Southern California 14
2nd Quarter - 3:34
Southern California   FG  Notre Dame 0 - Southern California 17
2nd Quarter - 3:22
Notre Dame   TD  Notre Dame 7 - Southern California 17
2nd Quarter - 0:21
Notre Dame   FG  Notre Dame 10 - Southern California 17
3rd Quarter - 0:53
Southern California   TD  Notre Dame 10 - Southern California 24
4th Quarter - 14:07
Notre Dame   TD  Notre Dame 17 - Southern California 24
4th Quarter - 7:47
Southern California   TD  Notre Dame 17 - Southern California 31
TEAMS

Team Records

  Southern California Notre Dame
W/L 6 - 1 - 0 4 - 3 - 0
Conference 3 - 1 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Southern California Notre Dame
Score 31 17
First Downs 29 17
3rd Down Efficiency 7-for-15
47%
5-for-13
38%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 443 267
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 44-219 14-41
Average/Rush 5.0 2.9
Passing
Comp-Att 24-35 27-43
Passing Yards 224 226
Average/Pass Play 6.4 5.3
Penalties-Yards 2-25 5-48
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 39:41 20:19

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Barkley 24/35 224 3 0
Notre Dame (4 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Rees 23/37 190 0 1
D. Crist 4/5 36 0 0
A. Hendrix 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. McNeal 24 118 4.9 0
M. Tyler 13 67 5.2 0
M. Barkley 4 19 4.8 0
G. Farmer 1 11 11.0 0
R. Woods 1 5 5.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Gray 4 38 9.5 1
T. Riddick 1 7 7.0 0
T. Rees 1 6 6.0 0
C. Wood 5 5 1.0 0
A. Hendrix 2 4 2.0 0
D. Crist 1 -19 -19.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Woods 12 119 9.9 2
M. Lee 2 36 18.0 0
B. Carswell 2 23 11.5 0
R. Telfer 2 14 7.0 1
X. Grimble 2 12 6.0 0
G. Farmer 1 9 9.0 0
B. Butler 1 5 5.0 0
C. McNeal 1 4 4.0 0
R. Ellison 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Eifert 7 66 9.4 0
T. Riddick 5 56 11.2 0
C. Wood 6 41 6.8 0
M. Floyd 4 28 7.0 0
T. Jones 2 23 11.5 0
R. Toma 1 9 9.0 0
J. Gray 2 3 1.5 0
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